MASON: Escape of James Moss (Lightfoot)

James Moss, AKA James Lightfoot, self-emancipated from slaveholder Francis Taylor of Maysville on April 11, 1830. James is described as “remarkably likely and intelligent” and also reads/writes very well. A $300 reward is offered for his return. The ad indicates that James may try to unite with Thornton, a freedom seeker who left the same slaveholder in 1829. Daily Cincinnati Republican, Cincinnati, OH, 7 May, 1830

MASON: Still Free!

Thornton, a freedom seeker enslaved by Francis Taylor in Maysville, KY, escaped around Christmas, 1829. His absence is referred to in an ad placed in April, 1830, offering a reward for the return of James, another freedom seeker who is suspected to be joining Thornton in freedom. Daily Cincinnati Republican, Cincinnati, OH, 7 May, 1830

MASON: Reward Ad for Dick and Attempted Capture

$50 reward is offered for the return of freedom seeker named Dick, who is 35-40 years old, and ownership is claimed by David L. Ward of Mays Lick. A man matching Dick’s description was spotted near Chillicothe, OH, and claimed to be a free man, recently manumitted by a preacher named James Suggett. Ad place by agent William Buckner, Jr. Liberty Hall, Cincinnati, OH; Sep 29, 1807

FLEMING: Escape of Harry

Harry, a man of about 28 yrs old, left enslavement in Flemingsburg on the 20th of May, 1820, wearing his new “roram hat” (similar to a beaver hat). Slaveholder Joshua Stockton offered a reward of $50 for his return. Cincinnati Advertiser, Cincinnati, OH, 27 June, 1820

MASON: Seventeen slaves escape.

Seventeen enslaved people from Washington, KY escaped & were pursued. One man recaptured. 17 Oct 1857, Edgecomb Gazette, Edgecomb, NC

MASON: John Price escapes.

Jan 1856- John Price escaped from slaveholder by John G. Bacon of Tuckahoe Ridge (just opposite Rev. Rankin’s home in Ripley); 1858- slavehunter came after him. 200 citizens assisted in his escape. from Roland M. Baumann, “The 1858 Oberlin-Wellington Rescue: A Reappraisal” (Oberlin, Ohio: Oberlin College, 2003)

MASON: Escape on steamer.

“We learn from the Maysville Eagle that a judgment for some $1500 was obtained against the steamer Bostona in the Lewis Circuit Court last week for having taken off a slave belonging to Mrs. Eshom.”, The Covington Journal, December 22, 1855

MASON: Reward Ad for Emily.

$100 reward Ad for Emily, ran away 27 July, 1853, from “near Lewisburg” Mason County. Slaveholder name- Thomas H. Williams.

MASON: 5 slaves escape.

September: a few miles below Maysville, 5 enslaved escape; 3 are “very fair and delicate mulatto girls”; went through Ripley to freedom; The Liberator, Boston, MA; Sep 30, 1853, p 3

MASON: Eight slaves escape.

Five men, a woman and two children, belonging to “sundry citizens of Mason County” made their escape. It is assumed that they went together and were assisted. The Maysville Eagle calls for an “association of slave holders” for the protection of their property. The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, Wheeling Wv., Sep 23, 1852